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People hold up pens during a gathering in front of the city hall of Rennes, western France, on Jan. 7, 2015, following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo.
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People hold up pens during a gathering in front of the city hall of Rennes, western France, on Jan. 7, 2015, following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo.

The attack against the journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris is just the latest in the threats faced by cartoonists around the world. Cartoonist Tjeerd Royards explains what is done to protect these artists around the world.

The attack against the journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris is just the latest in the threats faced by cartoonists around the world.

Internationally, cartoons have been a powerful tool in fomenting social movements and challenging power. But that has made cartoonists vulnerable to attack and violence.

Tjeerd Royaards, who edits the website Cartoon Movement, discusses what is done to protect these artists in parts of the world where they are routinely threatened.

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